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12:28 pm on May 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi, nowadays, there are many spammers and advertisers who visit forums and post/advertise thier links and products.

I was wondering, if I register a domain name and create a forum and place my Google Adsense on it, leaving it to the spammers to spam my forum with thier advertisements and stuff, I will earn revenue from Google Adsense as there are spammers visiting my forum and advertising. (correct me if i am wrong)

I would also like to know how the spammers come to know about forums and target them for spam/advertising.

Is this idea realistic? I hope someone could give me thier feedback about this. Thanks !

4:12 pm on May 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Interesting idea but

- Forums have notoriously low CTR.
- 90% of all forums I see out there are unmoderated and moribund, with neither spam nor brilliant posts.

Think of it this way. If it were so effective for the unapologetc spammers to spam any and all forums, the really smart spammers would be auto-registering domains and churning out auto-generated forums. They have no need for a middle man.

The spammers who spam legit forums instead of auto-generating their own are trying to leak value from your site to theirs. If you create a site with no value, there is nothing to leak, and I don't think you'll attract spammers.

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lots is done by robots too, so you wouldn't even get any page views for it.
5:11 pm on May 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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on the other hand a link is a link is a link so can try it ;)
6:53 pm on May 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Spammers target forums by text searches ("powered by..."), scanning domains for common folder names (/forum/, /phpbb/), looking for unique file names, etc.

Spammers won't click your ads or even generate a significant number of pageviews.

Even an empty forum will attract a few spam posts. As a site it will be useless, though.

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i see. quite true. how about an advertising forum? would people come to the forum to post thier links and advertise?
2:05 pm on May 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Chances are the only advertisers that would show up would be spammers.

Serious advertisers (and professional social spammers, er, marketers) will seek out high traffic sites with engaged users. A forum empty of content except for ads won't appeal.

Advertisers, marketers, and spammers are unlikely to click Adsense ads anyway.

In general, forums (even active ones) aren't the ideal adsense vehicles since their CTR tends to be low. If the sole purpose of the new site is to generate Adsense revenue, I'd forget the unmoderated forum idea and and focus on creating some useful content.

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I've never seen a platform which was open to spamming receive any kind of good rankings by Google.

On the contrary, there is substantial evidence that if a certain percentage of your pages contain spam-like content (text and/or links), it is likely that your whole site will be penalized in the rankings. Your web site will be viewed by Google as part of the problem, and will be ranked accordingly.

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It sounds like a pretty good idea. I bet it would be very successful and you could earn a pretty penny. :)
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I am sure there are many legal issues that you may run into. Especially when it comes to trademark infringement. If you put all the effort into building the forum and it gets taken down in a few days cause of one spam bot constantly reposting copyrighted material that would be a real waste.